Entrepreneurial Assistance

Below is a list of various local, regional and state resources for entrepreneurs. For assistance in making connections, please contact our Resource Navigator, Gail Hopper at 518.372.5656.

Business Mentor NY
This service is available to any NYS business that employees 100 or fewer people. Small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs can get FREE counsel, advice and support from  experienced entrepreneurs and seasoned  professionals through the online facilitated matching system of Business Mentor NY. Businesses can  get answers to simple questions or engage in  longer-term relationships with their mentors.  

Business Mentor NY’s network includes professionals  across a variety of different industries and with  diverse skill sets such as finance and cash flow  management, retail, communications and IT, human resources and staffing, public relations, and sales and marketing.    
For more information, visit www.BusinessMentor.ny.gov or e-mail support@BusinessMentor.ny.gov or call 212.803.3246.


Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region

Provides:

  • Community and economic development loans up to $500,000 to nonprofit groups that provide human services, affordable housing or community revitalization opportunities
  • Small business and micro-enterprise loans for businesses owned by women, minorities or low-income entrepreneurs (up to $25,000 for start-ups, $50,000 for expansions)
  • Business plan training, technical assistance, matched savings program
  • Collaborations and new initiatives

Lissa D'Aquanni
255 Orange Street
Albany, NY 12210
518.436.8586
www.mycommunityloanfund.org


Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

The program, offered by our sister chamber in Albany-Colonie, is designed to provide business assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs, increase the formation of new businesses and strengthen the operations of businesses during the early stages of development.

Entrepreneurial Boot Camp helps entrepreneurs and first-time business owners to develop skills and access the capital they will need to turn their business concepts into reality.

Janet Tanguay
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber
5 Computer Drive South
Albany, NY 12205
518.431.1430
janett@acchamber.org

 

Innogen Business Accelerator

Innogen specializes in commercializing technology-driven products and services through business education.

Michael Visk, Director of Commercial Development
Innogen Business Accelerator
4 Nott Terrace
Schenectady, NY 12308
518.522.0112
www.innogenNY.org
mf12visk@innogenny.org

 

SCORE

Volunteer-based organization that gives free and confidential business advice.

  • Planning tools
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Special assistance
  • Online resources

One Computer Drive South
Albany, NY 12205
518.446.1118, ext. 233
info@scorealbany.org
www.score.org 

 

Small Business Development Center, University at Albany (SBDC, UA)

The SBDC, UA places emphasis on providing needed services to manufacturers, women, veterans, minority, and physically challenged individuals, or on business impacting distressed and targeted areas. By assisting new and existing small business firms, the SBDC, UA directly contributes to local, regional, and state economies, promoting stability and growth. Since inception, the SBDC, UA has provided business assistance to 17,000 entrepreneurs with 142,461 counseling hours. Of the 23 SBDCs Statewide, the UAlbany program has been consistently ranked within the top three centers in New York over the last three years based on a matrix of efficiency, quality, and quantity.

Provides no-cost assistance to small businesses is the Capital District:

  • Business plan development
  • Small business start – ups
  • Buying/selling a business
  • International trade
  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • Cost analysis/financial management
  • Identifying sources of capital

Amy Amoroso
518.485.7647
aamoroso@uamail.albany.edu
www.nyssbdc.org/centers/centers.aspx?centid=10